Place de la Bastille, Paris

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Straddling three arrondissements of Paris, Place de la Bastille marks the site of the former Bastille prison, once a symbol of royal authority in the city. On July 14, 1789, a group of roughly 1,000 Frenchmen fed up with abuses under the monarchy stormed the medieval fortress, spurring the beginning of the French Revolution. This day is commemorated each year in Paris and the rest of France as Bastille Day. Today, the busy square bears no lasting vestige of the building, but it remains a popular site of political demonstration and protest. To see where the prison's foundations once stood, follow a row of paving stones three across between boulevard Henri IV and rue St-Antoine. If you reach the important tourist destination by metro, pay attention to the markings on the platform of Line 5, which also trace the building's former foundations. Use our Paris trip itinerary site to arrange your visit to Place de la Bastille and other attractions in Paris.
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  • So, being in Paris, was brought to the place de la Bastille, where once stood the splendid, bad memory. Now about it reminds just drawn on the asphalt path, yes commemorative column in the Center. Perhaps it is more interesting to the French themselves, those who remember history than tourists.
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  • This is the symbol of the French Revolution Square. Besides this is a large square and is a real crossroads ... busy ... almost the busiest in Paris ... from here you can literally go in many directions. In addition, as rightly on the sides of the square you can find everything from bistros where some are eating really well. especially the number 5 to theatres, cinemas at the Fnac (I'm very like shop). In addition the Council of advice ... TaKeT on Sunday because they also make the market. Logically the thing it represents more and reminiscent of the French revolution is surely the Obelisk that even if you arrive from far away ... you'll see ...
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  • Lovely "square" with central monument; very interesting 50's/60's market; and huge sunday morning market selling practically everything. Nice pubs (Frog & Revolution; Bar a Nanette) and plenty of bars...  more »
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